12 Honor your father and mother so that you'll live a long time in the land that God, your God, is giving you. Exodus 20:12
This is the 5th commandment. It is also the only commandment with a promise. So that we may live long in the land the Lord gives us.
In Dennis Rainey's book "The Best Gift You can ever give your Parents" he points out this in regards to this commandment:
"Look carefully at the commandment again: Whom did God command us to honor? Only perfect parents? Only Christian parents? Parents who are spiritually mature and insightful? Only those who never made major mistakes rearing us?
No, God commands us to honor our parents regardless of their performance, behavior or dysfunction. Why? Because honoring parents demands that we live by faith in God."
This is a wonderful book for all people, believers and/or non-believers. A friend of mine was asking me how my dad was doing and then told me she had something for me. It was this book. I devoured it and am so looking forward to writing the tribute to my parents. I just wanted to share this on Spiritual Sundays and for anyone who would be interested in honoring their parents and obeying the Lord. This is just a tool that will shed new light on the wonderful commandment.
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